Project Leader, Organisation
John Lovett, Lovett Associates.
Common interests of Australia and Indonesia in biosecurity and biodiversity have been served by activities commencing with the Cooperative Research Centre for National Biosecurity (2005). The Plant Biosecurity CRC, from 2015, supported a ‘Bilateral Plant Biosecurity Initiative’ (BPBI) (Project 4167) involving strategically located Indonesian universities, the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and government Departments. An Indonesian Biosecurity Foundation was formed (October 2017) to build on this work. With the Crawford Fund, a Master Class involving participants from across the archipelago convened in Denpasar (January 2018). Facilitated by LIPI, a workshop with some 100 participants was held in Bogor (September 2018) to discuss future activities beneficial to both countries in biosecurity and related fields.
Objectives and impact
The principal outcome of the project will be enhanced Australian connections with networks in Indonesia initiated, principally, through PBCRC investment in the bilateral relationship, above, and will contribute to the APBSF’s developing international interests and profile, not least through links with CABI, CEBRA, and The Crawford Fund.
The project will support two Regional Master Classes (RMC) in 2019. The first, in Salatiga, Central Java from 10-16 February with support committed for international presenters by The Crawford Fund and domestic costs being met by the host university. CABI and CEBRA will contribute ‘in kind’. The topic is ‘Biosecurity and Biodiversity: promoting local food for food security and food sovereignty’. The principal output will be a new network of biosecurity-aware individuals and organisations for the region, rich in agriculture and horticulture but with numerous pest and disease problems. The Bogor Workshop (above) high-lighted the need for enhanced community awareness of biosecurity-related issues. The RMC outcome will be achievement of this objective in the region. The second RMC is planned for September 2019. Negotiations are in train with three of the universities involved in the BPBI. Combined support is under discussion, as for the Salatiga RMC.
- Indonesian Biosecurity Foundation
- Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana, Salatiga
- Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI)
- Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis (CEBRA)
- The Crawford Fund
Following a successful International Master Class (IMC) sponsored by The Crawford Fund and The Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre (PBCRC), held in Denpasar, Bali, in January 2018 a number of proposals was received to mount Regional Master Classes (RMC). A novel concept, a RMC would be based with a local host, typically, a university; would focus on specific interests in biosecurity in defined regions of the archipelago, and would providing expert training and network development in a cost-effective manner.
Hosted by Universitas Kristen Sacaya Watana (Salatiga) the inaugural RMC was supported by The Crawford Fund, the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI), the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis (CEBRA) and the APBSF. 21 Participants, primarily from Java, and representing a diverse range of public and private sector interests, gathered in Salatiga 10 to 16 February. The Program comprised a mix of presentations by Indonesian and international speakers; workshops and exercises; development of four projects for which resources are being sought, and the preparation of brief papers based on the Participants’ own biosecurity experiences. These papers may be published by the Foundation.
Since the Participants represented diverse public and private sectors good progress was made towards achieving the project’s objective of creating a new cohort of biosecurity-aware individuals and organisations. This network will link with the existing network developed by bilateral investments by the PBCRC in collaboration with Indonesian colleagues (2015-present). While the bilateral relationship will be enhanced, the involvement of CABI, CEBRA and The Crawford Fund will strengthen the Foundation’s objective of raising its international profile.
The Regional Master Class has since produced a publication, compiling all the complete, current or proposed projects shared at the meeting.
Lovett J., Prabawa T.S., Susilowati L. & Falk I. (Eds) 2019. Biosecurity and Biodiversity: Keys to promoting local food for food security and food sovereignty. Australian Plant Biosecurity Science Foundation, Canberra, Australia